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Santa Cruz, University CA officers of the law shot dead -- two officers investigating a sexual assault allegation

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two Santa Cruz police officers who were shot and killed Tuesday.

Santa Cruz police Chief Kevin Vogel says Sgt. Loren Butch Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler were shot and killed as they followed up on a sexual assault investigation Tuesday.

Vogel says Baker was a 28-year veteran of the department and Butler was a 10-year veteran of the department.

Vogel says Baker was married and the father of two daughters, while Butler leaves behind two young sons.

Police did not release the ages of the two officers.

The suspect who was also killed in the shooting was identified as 35-year-old Jeremy Goulet.

Two police officers were shot and killed Tuesday while investigating a sexual assault, and a suspect was also fatally shot, authorities said.

The officers, one male and the other a woman, were shot around 3:30 p.m. as they investigated a report of a sexual assault. Their deaths were confirmed by Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak.

A suspect was shot and killed a short time later while authorities were pursuing the gunman, the sheriff's office said.

The names and ages of the officers and the suspect have not been released. Out of respect for the families, there was no expected timeline as to when the names of the deceased officers would be released, officials said.

Residents on the adjoining streets where the shootings occurred received an automatic police call warning them to stay locked inside. About half an hour later, more than a dozen semi-automatic shots echoed down the streets in a brief shootout that killed the suspect.

Police were going door-to-door in the neighborhood, searching homes, garages, even closets, although the sheriff said authorities didn't know if another suspect remained at large.

Police, sheriff's deputies and FBI agents filled intersections, some with guns drawn, in what is ordinarily a quiet, residential neighborhood in the community about 60 miles south of San Francisco.

A store clerk a few buildings away from the shooting said the barrage of gunfire was "terrifying."

"We ducked. We have big desks so under the desks we went," said the clerk, who spoke on condition of anonymity and asked that her store not be identified because she feared for her safety.

She said she remained locked in her store hours after the shooting and was still scared.

Two schools were locked down during the shooting. The students were later evacuated by bus to the County Government Center about half a mile away.

As darkness fell, helicopters and light aircraft patrolled above the neighborhood, which is about a mile from downtown Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The campus of University of California, Santa Cruz, is about five miles away.

The city's mayor, Hilary Bryant, said in a statement that the city was shocked over the shootings.

"Tonight we are heartbroken at the loss of two of our finest police officers who were killed in the line of duty, protecting the community we love," the statement said. "This is an exceptionally shocking and sad day for Santa Cruz and our Police Department."

Santa Cruz has faced a recent spate of violence, and community leaders had scheduled a downtown rally Tuesday to speak out against shootings. That and a city council meeting were canceled after teary-eyed city leaders learned of the deaths.

Those shootings include the killing of Pauly Silva, a 32-year-old martial arts instructor who was shot outside a popular downtown bar and restaurant on Feb. 9.

Two days later, a UC Santa Cruz student waiting at a bus stop was shot in the head during a robbery. She is r

by Anonymousreply 1002/28/2013

Santa Cruz is beautiful, but it's always had that creepy dark side. Haven't serial killers operated there?

by Anonymousreply 102/26/2013

For all of their disputable services, the women also got shot dead by law enforcement services who did it without trying to implicate anyone else.

Doesn't anyone get it? We're supposed to be fitting for our own eejits?

by Anonymousreply 202/26/2013

Please, any resident DL'ers from in N. Cal.? This is an entire heartbreaking matter.

by Anonymousreply 302/27/2013

"Lost Boys" was a movie R1, fiction

by Anonymousreply 402/27/2013

r1, Yes, Yes, and Yes.

Went to UCSC in the Trailside Killer era and have many friends and relatives in SC County. I know many who knew the lesbian cop. This is so sad.

Santa Cruz has always been a very transitory community that attracts younger weirdos.. It has a strange and beautiful allure, but is expensive and employment opportunities are scarce. It's a small town with major urban problems.

by Anonymousreply 502/27/2013

From the Sacramento Bee:

Police shooting suspect had history of trouble By MARTHA MENDOZA and JASON DEAREN Associated Press Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 - 1:24 am Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 - 4:51 pm SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- There was no warning for the two police detectives killed on Jeremy Goulet's doorstep when he flung open his door and opened fire. But there was more than a decade of signs that indicated Goulet was, as his father said Wednesday, a "ticking time bomb."

The quiet beach town of Santa Cruz was reeling as teary-eyed law enforcement leaders struggled to explain how Goulet, 35, had managed to kill two detectives, Sgt. Loran Butch Baker and Elizabeth Butler.

The detectives were shot to death Tuesday soon after arriving at Goulet's home in plain clothes to question him about a misdemeanor sexual assault, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak said.

The killings kicked off an intense half-hour chase by police that ended in a barrage of gunfire as Goulet, pinned against a garage door and a wall, tried to take even more lives.

"It's been devastating," Police Chief Kevin Vogel said Wednesday, ordering his remaining force of 92 sworn officers to step down for the day, allowing sheriffs and the highway patrol to take over the city's protection.

For those who knew Goulet, Tuesday marked the end of an escalating path of failed careers, violent relationships and criminal arrests of a disturbed former soldier consumed with irrational fury and sexual deviances.

"He had contempt for the cops and hated our justice system, and had been in jail before and swore he'd never go back," his father, Ronald Goulet, 64, said in halted, emotional bursts during an interview with The Associated Press.

Goulet's father said his son texted his twin brother Tuesday, saying, "I'm in big trouble, I love you," the father recalled.

"Jeff texted back and Jeremy wouldn't answer and next thing we know he was shot and killed," he said.

Wowak said that after shooting the detectives, Goulet stole their guns and jumped into Baker's car. But the neighborhood was boxed in by hundreds of quickly responding law enforcement officers, so, well-armed, he ditched the car and headed back toward his house, where emergency crews were desperately trying to save the two detectives.

A team of law enforcement officers spotted him and ordered him to give up. Instead he ran, and when cornered, opened fire. Goulet was killed in the shootout. On Wednesday, Goulet's blood remained splattered on a wall on a quiet residential street.

A fire truck was hit by several bullets, and firefighters took cover behind their vehicle, pulling bystanders down with them for safety.

"(Goulet) was distraught," the sheriff said. "No doubt the officers that engaged Goulet stopped an imminent threat to the community."

Goulet, who had served two years in prison in Oregon, was most recently in Santa Cruz County jail Friday on charges of public intoxication. Earlier that evening, a colleague at the coffee shop where he was working filed a complaint with police about inappropriate sexual advances. He was fired the next day, and the detectives had been following up.

Jeremy Goulet earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 2000. But his admiration for the law turned to hatred amid his constant urges to stare at unsuspecting women, his father said.

"He's got one problem: peeping in windows," said his father. "I asked him, 'Why don't you just go to a strip club?'"

During college, Jeremy Goulet served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. His father said Jeremy was arrested then for peeping, a misdemeanor.

After graduating from San Diego State University in 2000, he landed in the U.S. Army, where he trained as a helicopter pilot. He was moving forward in his career when he again stumbled into legal troubles in the Army and was discharged, his father said.

by Anonymousreply 602/27/2013

Goulet moved to Portland to be with his twin brother, Jeffery, despite a strained relationship.

In May 2008, he went to trial on charges of peeping on a young woman as she took a shower in her condo, and for trying to kill her boyfriend. The woman said that after showering she noticed the window screen was gone and a stick had been used to prop open the blinds.

Goulet was convicted of carrying a gun without a concealed weapon permit and invasion of personal privacy. After violating his probation, Goulet was sentenced to two years in jail.

After his release, Goulet moved to Berkeley, where until last fall, a neighbor said the twin brothers lived for at least a year in a brown-shingled house on a quiet street.

Alicia Morrison said she and her husband lived in the apartment just below the brothers and called the police in September when they got into a violent fight.

"I didn't think it was an everyday fight. It sounded like one of them was going to get killed," she said. "They would throw each other down on the ground and they had two dogs upstairs who sounded like they were really scared."

She said Jeremy left before the police arrived on that occasion.

She said neighbors had called police for the same reason before, and a few days after Morrison called the police she said they came by the apartment again because Jeremy Goulet's girlfriend had been screaming.

"Every time the police were called they acted like it was no big deal," she said.

Jeremy Goulet had recently moved to Santa Cruz and taken a job at a harbor cafe, attempting to start over, his father said.

About 75 miles south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz is known for its world-class surf spots, historic downtown with bookstores and coffee shops, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Its boardwalk is a major summer draw for tourists hoping to escape inland heat or enjoy a classic California experience.

Lately, the city of 60,000 people had seen a spike in assaults that community leaders had planned to address Tuesday during a downtown rally. A candlelight vigil was planned for Wednesday evening at the police department.

Jeffery Goulet, the suspect's twin brother, released a statement Wednesday saying his family was deeply saddened.

"We would also like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families of Sgt. Loran Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler," it said.

Baker was a 28-year veteran of the force whose son, Adam Baker, served as a community service officer. Butler, a 10-year veteran of the force, came to Santa Cruz to study at the university and stayed.

by Anonymousreply 702/27/2013

I just read that Butler has two sons, a one year old and a five year old.

by Anonymousreply 802/27/2013


by Anonymousreply 902/28/2013

Another day, another fucked up man.

by Anonymousreply 1002/28/2013
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